• Ally K
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    Ally began practicing hot yoga in January of 2011. She immediately fell in love with the practice after her very first class! While studying at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, she always looked forward to her summer and winter breaks to get back into the hot room.

     

    After graduating in the spring of 2013, Ally continued her daily yoga practice exploring many different styles including: Bikram, Barkan, and Vinyasa. In June 2016 Ally went to Fort Lauderdale and received her 200hr level I Barkan certification from Jimmy Barkan. She continued her teaching training with Jimmy the following year and completed level II/III teacher training in Costa Rica in April 2017.

     

    Ally has many years experience working with kids, and in April of 2018 she continued her training and got certified in kid’s yoga. Ally loves to share her passion with others and can’t wait to see where her yoga journey takes her.

  • Astrid W
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    Born and raised in Germany, Astrid has been living in the US since 1997. Her passion for yoga began in 2001, and she has studied and practiced many styles of yoga - Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, Naam, Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. Astrid earned her 200HR instructor certification with Healing Movement Teacher Training in 2012, and completed the 500HR certification two years later, with an emphasis on Yoga Therapy. Since then she regularly attends workshops to deepen her knowledge of yoga and how to make it accessible to everyone. Astrid strongly believes in the healing effects of a regular yoga practice which includes poses, breathing and meditation. Besides being a yoga teacher, Astrid is a happy mom of 4 children and an active member of the community. Living on Long Island brings her to the various beaches as often as she can - with family, friends, alone or teaching a yoga class. She lives by the quote "carpe diem - seize the day".

  • Audreyrose L
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    Audreyrose has been practicing yoga since 2013 and earned her 200HR Vinyasa certification in 2014. She loves to spread love and gratitude when she teaches, guiding her students to find inner strength and peace. In her personal practice, Audreyrose and her boyfriend, our very own Nick Vishanka, have been studying Acro Yoga since 2015 and both plan to become Acro Yoga certified in 2017. You can often find this dynamic couple practicing together at local beaches and parks. Audreyrose likes to bring positive affirmations into her classes, guiding her students to live in the present moment and start each day with a grateful heart.
  • Barbra Neilson
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    Barbra took her first Bikram hot yoga class about twenty years ago. She later discovered Vinyasa and Barkan and fell in love with the new challenge. She loved the incorporation of upper body strength and variety. She completed her 200hr Barkan certification in November 2016. She has completed the first of three parts of level II Vinyasa training and hopes to someday get her 500hr certificate.


    Barbra enjoys classes that challenge her to go outside her comfort level and hopes to inspire and teach students to grow in their practice as her teachers have inspired her.


    Outside of yoga, Barbra keeps busy with her husband, three teenagers and their dog. She hopes to continue to learn and grow her own practice - especially her handstands - and bring that knowledge into her classes.

  • Chris H
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    Chris fell in love with Warm Vinyasa and Hot yoga in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy. She eagerly began the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Always at Aum at Family Tree Yoga & Wellness, and began teaching yoga in 2014.

    She has since completed the 500 hour Teacher Training with Yoga As Medicine at Family Tree Yoga & Wellness, 10 hours of training in Hot Yoga and an additional 15 hour training in Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga and CPR Certification. Chris broadened her yoga awareness through 155 hour Associate Polarity Therapy Practitioner Training in 2018.

    Chris is divinely guided in all she thinks, says and does, and brings so much to her students that she has learned in her 3-+ years of Trancendental Meditation practice.

  • Colleen Petruzzi
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    Colleen is a Board Certified Polarity Practitioner and the Founder/Director of Universal Polarity Therapy in Greenlawn, NY. Having spent over 25 years in the corporate world at a major entertainment company, Colleen knew she was being called in another direction. She dedicated herself to the holistic wellness modality that helped her in every aspect of her life, Polarity Therapy. Colleen studied under the tutelage of Heather Principe, RPE at the Yoga and Polarity Center in Malverne, NY, completed the 675 hour RPP (Registered Polarity Practitioner) program, and went on to become Board Certified through the American Polarity Therapy Association. Colleen is also a PTP through the International Polarity Education Alliance. Being fascinated by the human body and it’s relation and response to sound, Colleen studied with Dr. John Beaulieu in his class: BioSonic Repatterning; An Energy Medicine Approach to Music and Sound Healing Using Tuning Forks. After experiencing the healing effects of tuning forks for herself, Colleen often utilizes tuning forks in a Polarity Therapy session. For her, it is about being present with other, listening, and holding space sacred for the work to take place. As an invited guest of the charitable organization Restorative Justice, Colleen was honored to participate in their Healing Circle at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY. Colleen is also a believer in the healing power of Yoga. Yoga and Ayurveda greatly inform and are synthesized within Polarity Therapy. You’ll likely see Colleen in Yoga class, so please say hi! She is excited to be a part of the FTY&W Family. To book a private 1 hr Polarity Therapy session with Colleen please contact her at 516 810 7793 or colleen@universalpolaritytherapy.com. If you’re curious about Polarity Therapy please check out https://www.universalpolaritytherapy.com All inquiries welcome!
  • Donna Nesteruk
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    Donna Nesteruk is a Nationally Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist by the NCCAOM and earned her Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She is a Certified Acutonics® Teacher and a practitioner in Acutonics® Planetary Tuning Fork Healing Therapy.

     

    Donna is certified in Vocal Toning, a Certified Reiki Master, a Certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) practitioner, Certified Hypnosis Consultant, and a Certified Drum Circle Facilitator working with resident veterans, students with special needs, yoga studios, and other groups.

     

    Donna is certified in Sound Healing offering Sound Healing workshops with gongs, quartz crystal bowls, drums, and other instruments to provide a meditative and healing environment. Donna is a member of the Sound Healers Association.

  • Heather Principe
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    Heather Principe, E-RYT200 & E-RYT500 Program Director, Polarity Program Director, BS, ed., PWE, RPP

     

    Heather has been teaching yoga for over 25 years. Heather is owner and founder of The Yoga and Polarity Center in Malverne, NY, which is a center for teaching Yoga, Subtle Energy Healing Arts including Polarity and Pranic Healing, and Energetic Listening Skills for Bodyworkers. She is on the staff of the New Seminary, The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and runs retreats worldwide in all forms of Energetic Healing.

  • Jen S
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    Jennifer is a Holistic Psychotherapist, Kundalini yoga instructor and Certified Reiki Master teacher. She has dedicated her life and soul purpose to assist in the healing of others, particularly children and teens. As a soul-fueled practitioner, Jennifer is passionate about helping others to awaken and empower the light within them. She believes we all have the power to heal from within and guides clients and students on how to be their own Guru and healer.

    Jennifer is an advocate for children’s health and well-being by teaching them how to emotionally regulate and honor their Self through mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Holistic Psychotherapy sessions focus on blending Western Psychology with Eastern Therapies. Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University with a specialization in children and families. She has extensive training and experience in treating anxiety, depression, trauma and grief. Jennifer is also a KRI Internationally Certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and trained under Gurmukh Khalsa in Rishikesh, India. She is also in the final stages of certification as a Children’s Yoga Teacher.

    You can contact Jennifer for more information and to schedule an appointment. Visit: www.jenniferstinsontherapy.com Call: 917.207.0849 Email: jstinsonlcsw@gmail.com

  • Juliana C
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    Juliana practiced yoga for many years before making the decision to get her 200 hour teacher training certification. She graduated from the Yoga Darshana Center in January of 2014, and has continued to share her practice with friends, family, and clients of all ages. Aside from teaching, she is a forever student who participates in workshops and other yoga trainings to enrich her classes. Juliana firmly believes that yoga is for everyone, and encourages people to share their practice in and outside of the classroom.
  • Julianna Piazzola
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    Julianna’s journey is best described as coming home to herself through the science and art of yogic tradition, and she hopes to serve as a lighthouse for others to find their own journey home. What began as an effort to get in shape, her exploration of yoga rapidly morphed in to the beautiful alignment of mind, body, and spirit - the spirit aspect kept her coming back for more. From hot practice to traditional vinyasa, Julianna couldn't get enough of the feeling of being at home in her own body and, more importantly, her own mind. Wanting to go deeper, she continued to research and participate in as many different styles of yoga and energy healing she could experience.

     

    At first exposure, Julianna found Kundalini to be intimidating and almost too esoteric, even for her! But, a strategically placed street sign - following several other signs...of the universal variety - led her to Kundalini Yoga East and ultimately to the next phase of her journey. Before long she was immersing herself in teacher training.

     

    Julianna thinks of kundalini as calisthenics for the soul. Through breath, movement, meditation, and the magnificent science of sound, kundalini promotes optimal conditions in mind, body and spirit, giving us access to our highest truth, and in turn, our highest potential. To Julianna, there is no greater joy in this life than that, except maybe sharing this practice with others, and she is deeply grateful for the opportunity to do so!

  • Karen C
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    I was first introduced to yoga almost 50 years ago. Since then it has been a constant in my life. I have recently retired from teaching, and in 2012 I received my yoga 200 HR Certification through the Darshana Yoga Center, under the guidance of some very influential teachers including Regina Chaell, Debra Jensen, and Jeff Logan, allowing me to combine my two passions: yoga and teaching. Through Yoga I strive to achieve physical well-being, emotional balance and spiritual growth. I work to bring these elements to my class in a welcoming and comfortable environment, creating a sukha (good space) for one’s personalized practice. My classes are designed for beginners or for those who require a gentle practice for healing or recovery.
  • Kate T
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    Kate has been an avid practitioner of yoga since her 20s, when a scoliosis diagnosis left her with two choices: exercise or surgery. She chose exercise, and began working to improve her strength and skeletal alignment. She studied yoga based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar and has been moving to better alignment ever since.

    Kate completed the 200hr Healing Immersion Yoga Teacher Training, 35hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training at Integral Yoga Institute in NYC and 155hr Polarity Therapy Training at the Yoga Polarity Center in Malverne, NY.  Like most yoga teachers, her quest for learning never ends.

    She believes in teaching how to build a solid foundation first - to become self-aware of how your life has affected your physical structure - and to apply yoga to prevent injuries, increase flexibility and stamina, and to invite wellness through the joy of movement. Her motto: Yoga isn't about touching your toes. It's about what you learn on the way down.

  • Kim E
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    Kim has over twenty years of experience teaching all ages from preschool though high school. Kim is certified in New York State in both Elementary Education and K-12 Health Education. In more recent years, Kim’s desire to bring healing through wellness-based practices led to her acquire Yoga Alliance certifications for adults through Healing Movement Yoga, and youth through Little Flower Yoga. In addition, Kim trained through Mindful Schools completing their courses Mindfulness Foundations and Mindful Schools Curriculum Training. For more than ten years, she has been using mind-body based practices with her students including yoga, meditation and mindfulness. She has offered workshops for both parents and teachers to inspire them to bring these beneficial practices to the children in their lives. Kim has taught yoga classes at her studio, Family Tree Yoga & Wellness to adults, teens, children and youth groups, including Boy and Girl Scouts. She is excited to combine all of her unique academic, business, and life experiences to offer a variety of strategies in her efforts to serve others.
  • Kristine C
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    Kristine's yoga journey started after a visit to Kripalu while attending Sierra Bender's Bootcamp for Goddesses Workshop. That workshop changed her life.  In 2007 she received her 200 hour yoga certification at Sierra Bender Wholistic Yoga Therapy in Conneticut. 

    Her love for hot yoga and Kundalini yoga are her most recent passions.  In 2015, she wanted to strengthen her own practice and the universe responded by putting the Healing Movement Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in her path at FTY&W.  In December 2016, Kristine completed her 500 hour certification.  She looks forward to sharing sacred space with all who cross her path.

  • Mark H
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    Mark Hubbard PTP, PPE is a Wellness Educator Speaker and Founder / Director of Gaia Healing Arts Center, in Smithtown, New York - a center for wellness education and holistic health practices. With a passion for Native Americans Spiritual tradition and deep roots in Hermetic Wisdom, Mark has dedicated his life energy to the study, practice and teaching of Indigenous Spiritual Wisdom and Holistic Healing. A Professional Polarity Educator and a member of the International Polarity Educators Alliance, Mark is a strong advocate for community service, organizing community wellness clinics and volunteering time at numerous rehabilitation and hospice centers near his home in Long Island New York. From Tribal Spirit Fires to corporate health and wellness programs, Mark travels throughout the United States speaking at wellness event, seminars and workshops. Mark teaches workshops at FTY&W ... visit the Workshops page for details and registration information. If you'd like to book a private session, contact Mark at 631-332-6888 or at markhubbard@mkhhealingarts.com
  • Mourghan Reed
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    Mourghan began practicing vinyasa, restorative, and bikram yoga in 2012 while studying accounting and business. Soon after she started, she realized how yoga could help her with her school studies as well as her personal studies. She started to discover that yoga is not entirely physical and her focus turned more towards meditation, mantra, and pranayama (breathing exercises). In September 2016, she joined FTY&W as a student and became a 200HR RYT in May 2017 through Healing Movement Yoga. 
     
    These days, Mourghan likes to take it slow. Her personal practice includes meditation, pranayama, slow-flow asana, and mudras. She believes in the powerful practice of mindfulness and encourages those around her to be aware of their bodies, minds, and spirits so that we all may manifest our best selves to contribute to this interconnected world in which we live.  Mourghan aims to be a giver and receiver of yogic philosophy and is always searching for new information to learn from. 
     
    Outside of yoga, Mourghan is currently studying for her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification and enjoys swimming, reading, and making jewelry.
  • Nick Vee
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    Nick is a 200hr RYT Vinyasa instructor with an additional 200 hours in Dharma Yoga. Nick has also completed additional training in Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Calisthenics, and Reiki healing. Nick seeks to give his students a unique sense of serenity within while physically challenging them to grow. Merging the teachings of the traditional Eight Limb Ashtanga Path with his own creative interpretations of the asana practice, his students will not only find peace on their mats but also revel in the process. Nick specializes in hand balancing and inversions, so you're more likely to see him standing on his hands then on his feet!
  • Regina M
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    Regina M. McGowan, RYT – 500, EYRT – 200 - Yoga Instructor, Yoga Teacher Trainer.
     
     
    Regina began her journey into yoga through a love for Asana practice and a desire to bring balance to her life.  Her passion and strength, both on the mat and in her life, have bestowed upon her the spiritual name Samarasa, which in Sanskrit means “having equal bliss.”  Regina strives to build confidence in each of her students individually, while inspiring them to develop a physical, mental and spiritual balance that they can bring to their lives as well.  Finding her roots in the Vinyasa style of yoga, Regina is currently a 500-hr certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and an instructor trainer in the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training for Always-at-Aum Yoga School, where she has further deepened her passion by training students to become teachers.  
     
    Regina is also an Attorney licensed to practice in New York and California, a Reiki Practitioner, Trauma Yoga Instructor, and Natural Equestrian. 
  • Sydney Pisano
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    Sydney began practicing yoga when she was a child, and has been in love with the practice ever since. At 21 years old she decided to take her first Kundalini class and it resonated with her so strongly that she immediately began her KRI Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.

     

    During her training, she traveled to the sacred valley of Peru to practice under Master Teachers Jai Dev Singh and Simrit Kaur Khalsa for a transformative healing journey. She finds Kundalini Yoga to be so powerful because the combination of pranayama, asana, mantra and mudra are so highly effective at heightening your awareness and allowing you to see yourself as your true identity, your Sat Naam.

     

    Sydney feels that the opportunity to share this practice with others is the highest blessing and is repeatedly honored and humbled each time she stands in front of a class.

  • Theresa S
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    Theresa has been practicing yoga since 1993. She completed the 200HR certification from Healing Movement in 2013, then completed the Teen Yoga and Little Flower Level I certifications as well. In addition to attending many CE Yoga workshops, Theresa is currently enrolled in the Healing Movement 500HR Yoga certification. She has been teaching and sharing her love of yoga ever since. Theresa approach to teaching is alignment based, always encouraging her students - both beginners and advanced - to listen to their bodies, be present, and set their own pace. Her classes are mindful and designed to help students reconnect to themselves through practice using their greatest tool ... the breath. Theresa believes this ancient science of health and wellness for the body and mind can transform lives.
  • Tina Marie B
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    Tina Marie, an Angel Therapy Practitioner®, Medium, and Reiki Master is an IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She has trained with the world renowned Master teacher Germukh Khalsa, and 3 other Master teachers at Goldenbridge Yoga in Los Angeles, CA, where she went on to teach for five years. This perfect blend of training and teaching modalities enables Tina to loving facilitate powerful yoga classes that promote healing and transformation. A successful spiritual teacher and healer, who has taught in over 20 countries, Tina believes we all have the innate ability to communicate with our inner Guru and our angels; and she helps to open the door for others assisting in the development of of their own intuition. Her Kundalini yoga classes combine movement, breath work, and mantras, to help align and balance the energy field, strengthen the physical body, and anchor the vibration of health and wholeness that is within each of us.

    www.tinamarie444.com & www.tinaandbilly.com